Peter is an award winning illustrator with nearly 50 solo books published worldwide. Using mostly traditional techniques, his artworks have a hand crafted and sometimes slightly ‘retro’ feel. They range from the natural world, science, and history to transport.
He has been commissioned by most of the well known publishing houses, including Reader’s Digest, Harper Collins, Random House, Bloomsbury, Dorling Kindersley, Quarto, Templar and 16 children’s books for Usborne. He has also worked in television, advertising and regularly in magazines, supplying all the artwork for Nick Baker’s monthly column ‘Hidden Britain’ in BBC Wildlife magazine.
His artwork has been exhibited in London, Norwich and many venues in his native Yorkshire as well as the ‘Art of the Picture Book’ exhibition as part of the Guildford Book Festival. He has a large watercolour in the permanent collection of ‘Nature in Art’ in Gloucestershire. His artwork has been selected for the Association of Illustrators annual and featured in Creative Review.
Peter has taught painting and drawing in various media for over 25 years and currently runs several popular classes and workshops.
"My personal paintings are mainly landscapes, and often feature the absorption of old industrial buildings into the natural world. The structure of living organisms and their mirror in the workings of machinery is also something which also inspires, as does choosing the viewpoint to imply a much larger relative scale. As a separate genre, traditional wildlife art does not really interest me, but natural history and the natural word do. When I paint it I make no distinction between the landscape and what lives there, between subject and background. Both have equal importance.
Direct contact with materials is central to what I do and the main reason I am an artist. My paintings and illustrations are real objects made by hand using brushes, paint and inks on cotton rag paper. For me, choosing and using the materials is as important as the subject. I am always searching for alternative pigments and colour palettes to spark new possibilities which include the use of subtle and complex natural earth pigments in place of the harsh pigments designed for the printing and clothing industries. I am also increasing the use of more environmentally sustainable materials and methods and making my own pigment from natural sources is part of this.
I feel my approach has helped me to create an individual and recognisable style in an increasingly uniform digital marketplace."